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Hot take: It takes more time to think of what to cook than it does to actually cook something. Sure, meal prepping for the week can be a big help, but you still have to decide what to make in the first place.
And while there’s always the temptation of takeout, that bill adds up fast and isn’t always the most nutritious option.
Healthy breakfast tacos
In case you weren’t in the know, a soft egg scramble makes the perfect filling for breakfast tacos. Add some peppers, green onions, arugula, and salsa, and you’ll have a breakfast made in heaven.
2-ingredient banana pancakes
It doesn’t get any easier than a recipe that only takes two ingredients, and you probably already have both in your fridge.
Feel like taking your breakfast on the go? This breakfast burrito recipe can be adjusted based on what you have in your fridge.
Panzella is an Italian-inspired bread salad made with stale bread, tomatoes, onions, vinegar, and olive oil. This recipe calls for a fried egg on top for added protein.
Turkey brunch burger
For those days when you’re looking for a heartier breakfast, this burger patty has the flavors of breakfast sausage, and it’s topped with an egg!
Easy omelette soufflé
While this may seem daunting, it’s actually super easy to DIY at home. Plus, there are no extra ingredients needed. You just have to separate the eggs.
Cinnamon roll pancakes
These vegan, gluten-free cinnamon roll pancakes are topped with a cashew cream sauce icing that your roommate is definitely going to want a bite of.
Steel-cut oats are a healthier alternative to rolled oats and maintain a little texture after cooking. Top with berries or cinnamon for a filling and fast breakfast.
Easy eggs Benedict
Hollandaise may seem daunting, but this recipe gives you an easy way to do it in a blender. You can swap the butter for vegetable oil for a more affordable alternative!
This classic Mexican-inspired breakfast staple comes together with just a few fresh ingredients and a can of beans!
Berry smoothie bowl
This nut and berry smoothie bowl comes packed with 30 grams of protein to keep you going beyond breakfast.
Turmeric pineapple smoothie
If you haven’t tried turmeric and pineapple paired together yet, you’re missing out. This gorgeous golden smoothie is sure to get your day off on the right foot.
Peanut butter banana smoothie
The added scoop of flax seeds in this smoothie aids digestion, while the peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and bananas add creamy richness.
Strawberry banana smoothie
This classic flavor combo never gets old. Add chia seeds to boost your hydration and help with digestion.
Chunky monkey protein smoothie
The peanut butter and banana pair perfectly with a big scoop of chocolate protein powder to keep you fueled until your next meal.
Mango kale smoothie
Tropical fruits like mango are perfect to help hide the flavor of the greens if you or your little ones aren’t a fan.
5-ingredient tropical smoothie
This smoothie is a vacation in a glass and comes together in 5 minutes with only five ingredients!
Get all the benefits of beets in this smoothie sweetened by the natural flavors of blueberries and pineapple.
Don’t feel like eating your breakfast? Blend up your oats with some cinnamon for a delicious drinkable breakfast.
Peaches and cream smoothie
The best part about smoothies is you can enjoy seasonal flavors year round by using frozen fruit. Enjoy this plant-based peach smoothie any time!
Easy chopped salad
With the right ingredients and dressing, salads can really hit the spot. The best part about a chopped salad is you can add whatever veggies you have handy into it.
Healthy tuna salad
Tuna is a great source of protein. This recipe swaps the mayo with Greek yogurt for a brighter flavor.
Sesame peanut butter noodles
Chances are you already have a pack of ramen noodles somewhere in your pantry. Remix them with a spoonful of peanut butter for a quick and flavorful lunch.
Cauliflower grilled cheese
This recipe swaps sourdough for a homemade cauliflower bread, making it easy to sneak in some veggies.
Easy tomato soup
Skip the canned tomato soup and try making it at home with this recipe that only uses three ingredients.
Grilled turkey burgers
Make protein-style burgers at home with this lettuce-wrapped turkey burger.
30-minute coconut curry
Curries can seem daunting, and usually take all day. But this recipe comes together in just 30 minutes!
Chicken and avocado Caesar salad
If a regular salad doesn’t fill you up, this one will. It’s packed with hard boiled eggs, chicken, and avocado.
Vegetable spring rolls
Spring rolls will soon become your go-to to make at home. You can add whatever ingredients you have handy, and the wrappers don’t require any cooking.
Healthy chicken burrito bowl
Throw together your own burrito bowl at home. The bonus of doing it yourself is there’s no extra charge for guac!
This one-pot lasagna takes out the hours of labor that go into layering an entire dish.
5-ingredient tomato sauce
Don’t worry about sitting over a pot of sauce all day with this speedy five-ingredient tomato sauce recipe.
This chili is pretty much foolproof. It only takes 30 minutes. Use leftovers on top of the pasta or to make a chili dog!
Easy cacio e pepe
Cacio e pepe is one of the easiest pastas to make. Just mix your pasta with Parmesan, butter, and a whole lot of pepper.
Easy chicken tikka masala
These quick and easy recipes will wipe out your need for takeout. Indian-inspired curry at home in 30 minutes? Sounds dreamy to us.
Oven-baked chicken thighs
Take the pressure out of making chicken on the stove and throw it all in the oven. Throw some root veggies in the pan too, and you’ll have dinner ready in a snap.
Jackfruit carnitas tacos
Jackfruit takes the place of meat in these tacos so your carnivore and veggie friends can all come together over one meal!
Lemon honey chicken
With only a handful of ingredients, this lemon chicken is full of flavor. Serve it over a bed of brown rice or beside a green salad!
Hoisin-glazed pork chops
Pork chops are one of the more affordable cuts of meat to get from the butcher, especially considering how big they are! Stock your pantry with a range of Asian-inspired sauces, and the marinade possibilities will be endless.
Quick and easy chicken noodle soup
If you’re feeling a little groggy during the winter months, you can have soup in a bowl in just 30 minutes with this recipe.
English muffin pizza
Let the kiddos add their own toppings to their mini pizzas with this homemade hack.
Butternut squash mac and cheese
Give your little ones the mac and cheese they know and love, but with a healthier twist. This recipe blends the cheese with butternut squash for a serving of veggies and added sweetness.
Homemade mini corn dogs
We all know kids love their processed snack foods. By making this at home you can leave out all the highly processed products.
Baked fish sticks
Buy a jumbo pack of frozen cod fillets and thaw a few out when you’re stumped on what to make for lunch.
Sheet pan nachos
It doesn’t get much easier than nachos, and by making them on a sheet pan there will be enough for the whole fam without having to do batches.
Easy homemade potstickers
Let the kids get their hands dirty wrapping potstickers with you! We promise it will become a family favorite activity.
Turkey meatball subs
With spinach added into the turkey meatballs, these subs serve a secret veggie bonus.
Garlic Parmesan zoodles
Trying to steer away from eating too much gluten? Zoodles are a perfect alternative. Just toss them in some garlic and cheese for an easy weeknight meal.
The whole family will be drooling as the house starts to smell like sweet teriyaki sauce. This recipe is perfect in a pinch since it doesn’t require a long marinade time.